Counting the Cost of Cloud

IT costs were always a worry, but only an occasional one. Cloud computing has changed that. One of the essential characteristics of cloud computing is “measured service.” Resource usage is measured by the byte transmitted, the byte stored, and the millisecond of processing time. Charges are broken down by the hour, and billed by the month. This can change the way people take decisions.

The Cloud “Through a Glass, Darkly”

The ability to transform business is the most exciting feature of the Cloud phenomenon, but users currently see it “through a glass darkly,” and perhaps with a measure of faith and hope. More needs to be done to develop understanding of the business impact of Cloud Computing, and we should focus on this, as well as on the technical possibilities.